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July 19, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
Is there a correlation between tax compliance and construction-site safety? Members of City Council's Special Investigatory Committee, created to look into last month's fatal Center City building collapse, seemed to think so. The committee held its third hearing yesterday. "One indicator is if you're not paying your taxes, you're probably not providing a good safety plan," said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., the committee chairman, referring to comments from demolition-industry experts.
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July 13, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A section of floor of a building under construction at Temple University buckled Thursday afternoon, sending one person to the hospital with unspecified injuries that were described as not life-threatening. "I heard the rattling. I thought it was a car accident," said Temple junior Maria Macri, 21, who was leaving class in a nearby building when the steel beam tumbled. "I could see smoke coming up, and debris. " The structure at 12th Street and Polett Walk is currently a six-story skeleton.
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July 11, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Protesters are back. Members of Carpenters Local 255 stood at the curb on Haddonfield Road in Cherry Hill on Tuesday where a new store for Pier 1 Imports is under construction. The problem, said three men with a sign, is that the general contractor is using workers who do not belong to a union. "Labor Dispute," read part of a banner. In red letters, the rest of the sign shouted, "Shame on Pier 1 Imports. " Occasionally the three received a honk, or support in the form of thumbs up as they stood in the 85-degree heat on the busy byway near a Wegmans.
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June 28, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
A series of safety experts from the building trade unions and the construction industry assured Philadelphia City Council on Thursday that demolition and construction work can be done safely when responsible building owners and contractors hire well-trained workers and make safety issues their priority. On the second day of hearings into the Center City building collapse that killed six people this month, that left some City Council members wrestling with a difficult issue: how to legislate responsible behavior.
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June 21, 2013 | BY JOHN MORITZ, Daily News Staff Writer moritzj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A CONSTRUCTION worker and fireman were seriously injured in a construction accident yesterday. Police received a call at 12:44 p.m. that a 52-year-old worker had fallen 30 feet from the steel frame of a building being built at 19th and Arch streets. The worker was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was in critical condition, police said. Jay Schneider, 36, a maintenance worker working on the roof of Russell Byers Charter School across the street from the accident, heard sirens and filmed the incident on his cellphone.
NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By John Mooney, NJ SPOTLIGHT
Following on his winter promise that the Schools Development Authority would ratchet up its workload, Gov. Christie pledged Thursday that more school construction money was on the way and more groundbreakings were in the offing. Reaction was tempered with caution. Would the reality be anywhere near as rosy as the governor seemed to suggest? Christie announced that an additional $455 million was being made available to schools statewide, part of a grant program for so-called regular operating districts.
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May 31, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
This story has been updated. GAIL BRUNSON loves her South Philly neighborhood - the good, the bad and the in-between. She's lived on the same block of Ellsworth Street near 15th all her life. Brunson, 62, remembers when the crack epidemic hit and her neighborhood began to wither away. She was one of a few who stuck it out, but problems continued as squatters and drug users took over vacant homes. Those once-vacant lots are now dotted with two- and three-story brick homes, thanks to a 10-year real-estate tax abatement established in 1999 that provides for property-tax exemptions on new residential construction.
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May 31, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Given the number of flatbeds, pickup trucks, and fuel tankers rumbling around Merion Golf Club these days, you'd be forgiven for thinking a skyscraper was being constructed nearby. The commotion, however, is the result of another tall task: transforming the venerable Main Line institution - one so steeped in tradition that it doesn't allow members to use electronic devices at the club - into a site ready to host the 2013 U.S. Open and the 25,000 spectators expected to attend each day. The weeklong championship celebration doesn't begin until June 10, and the players don't start competing until June 13. But construction has been underway for months, club neighbors and township officials say, and activity has picked up as festivities draw closer.
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May 3, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
PENNSYLVANIA Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille lost his right leg in battle in Vietnam, but it was the scars he's received as an advocate for the new Family Court building that were highlighted at a ceremony at the construction site yesterday. "This is a reality because of you, sir," Family Court Administrative Judge Kevin Dougherty said to Castille. "The hard work and scars our chief justice bears [occurred] so everyone can seek justice in this building. " Castille, Dougherty and other area officials were on hand for a "topping out" ceremony of the building on Arch Street near 15th.
NEWS
March 31, 2013
Another arson hit the new residential high-rise nearing completion at Temple University, a university spokesman reported Friday. The small fire was discovered about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Morgan Hall, Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, said Ray Betzner, the spokesman. Construction crews extinguished the fire, and the scene was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A series of fires was set in the building's upper floors in February, causing $100,000 in damage.
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